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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

May 31, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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Break up those Astros.

Thanks to a go-ahead ground rule double from Jonathan Villar in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Astros topped the Orioles 2-1 last night in MLB’s annual Civil Rights Game to extend their winning streak to seven games. That’s the longest current streak in MLB. It’s also their longest winning streak since 2010.

The double from Villar snapped an 0-for-26 stretch. Brett Oberholtzer allowed just one run on four hits and no walks over seven innings in the victory while Chad Qualls recorded a four-out save.

The Astros are 15-13 in May, so they have secured themselves their first winning month since September of 2010. The painful rebuild is showing signs of progress.

Your Friday box scores:

Orioles 1, Astros 2

Rockies 2, Indians 5

Mets 5, Phillies 6 (14 innings)

Rangers 2, Nationals 9

Twins 6, Yankees 1

Braves 3, Marlins 2

Royals 6, Blue Jays 1

Rays 2, Red Sox 3 (10 innings)

Cubs 5, Brewers 11

Giants 9, Cardinals 4

Reds 6, Diamondbacks 4

Padres 4, White Sox 1

Pirates 2, Dodgers 1

Angels 5, Athletics 9

Tigers 6, Mariners 3

  1. johnnysoda - May 31, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Indians 5, Rockies 2- Corey Kluber continues his reign of strikeout terror (7 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) as he shuts down the Rockies. He finishes May just two strikeouts shy of the all-time record for strikeouts in that month. It sounds like such a ridiculously specific stat it’s not really noteworthy, but it’s something he could’ve hung his hat on.

    Royals 6, Blue Jays 1- Three hits for Billy Butler and four RBI for Lorenzo Cain helped the Royals take the first two from the Jays. Toronto is still up by 2 ½ games in the AL East, so hope continues to run up there.

    Twins 6, Yankees 1- Of course, it helps Toronto that the Yankees offense w
    ent to sleep tonight. By the way, I saw a movie last night: “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, with Seth McFarlane (I didn’t really like it, for what it’s worth). Now, the last time the Twins opened up a weekend series against the Yankees, I saw a movie at that very same movie-house in the very same theatre for another movie premiere (it was “Grown Ups 2”, which, as a fan of the first movie, was incredibly disappointing). I have no idea why I remember such things.

    Nationals 9, Rangers 2- Stephen Strasburg did not give up an earned run through six while Denard Span and Jayson Werth had three hits apiece. The Nationals have been barely treading water (26-27) so far, but with Zimmerman back next week, hopefully they’ll be able to resume their bid at the NL East.

    Phillies 6, Mets 5- It took fourteen innings, but Reid Brignac, making his first start of the season, delivered the walk-off single. Ryan Howard went 0-7, which is pretty embarrassing. The Mets left the bases loaded in the ninth and two men on in the tenth, and put the winning run on through an error. That’s more embarrassing.

    Braves 3, Marlins 2- Going into this game, the Braves and the Marlins had the same record. I don’t think anyone would’ve predicted that at the start of the season. Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run home run in the first was the only offense for the Marlins. Now THAT is predictable.

    Giants 9, Cardinals 4- Three RBI from Hunter Pence and ten strikeouts for Madison Bumgarner help the Giants take the first two in St. Louis. The Giants are an incredible 19-8 in May and are on pace to go 105-57 this season.

    Astros 2, Orioles 1- Seven straight for the Astros. Yes, seven straight wins, you read that correctly. Man, just typing that feels like an out-of-body experience.

    Padres 4, White Sox 1- The Padres celebrate their first trip to U.S. Cellular Field since 2003 with home runs from Cameron Maybin and Yonder Alonso along with nine strikeouts from Ian Kennedy. The only run for the Sox scored on a wild pitch. Huston Street earned his 250th save. I would never have thought he had that many in a million years.

    Red Sox 3, Rays 2- Five straight for Boston, with this win coming on a walk-off triple by A.J. Pierzynski. That is his 23rd career triple, if anyone was wondering.

    Brewers 11, Cubs 5- It was all Milwaukee in this one: they were up 6-0 before the third inning even started. Ryan Braun had a two-run home run and three RBI.

    Pirates 2, Dodgers 1- Francisco Liriano earns his first win of the season as the Bucs win their seventh out of ten. However, they’re still only 25-29 on the season. You know what they say: you can’t win a pennant in April, but you sure can lose one.

    Tigers 6, Mariners 3- Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Rajai Davis all homered. The attendance for this game was exactly 29,000. Weird when that happens.

    Reds 6, Diamondbacks 4- Devin Mesoraco launched a grand slam off former teammate Bronson Arroyo in the second for the Reds’ big blow. The temperature at the start time was 102*F. Today, the high is supposed to be 109*F. Thank God for retractable roofs.

    Athletics 9, Angels 5- Four RBI by Josh Donaldson and a grand slam by Brandon Moss help the Athletics take the opener of a very important series for both clubs. Oakland extends their division lead to 2 ½ games.

  2. happytwinsfan - May 31, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Johnny is up with the sun, but I, having tasted Yankee blood, must return to my coffin.

    • Old Gator - May 31, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Don’t forget to flip the sun a bird as you pull the lid down.

      • happytwinsfan - May 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        I will scornfully gaze on a virtual sun over a virtual Yankee stadium, home of a virtual baseball team. Coffin got cable.

  3. janessa31888 - May 31, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    12 strikeouts? How tyrannical of you, Corey. What a dictator.
    I did find the Red Sox/Rays game more interesting, I confess. Tension, beanings, Unwritten Rules!!! I love baseball.

  4. Old Gator - May 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Whelp, the Feesh couldn’t manage much against Teheran – but then, neither can Obama or the United Nations, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on the Rainbow Warriors this morning. So far, the Iron Giant has managed to flourish with a number two hitter batting behind him, which is nice – 16 dingers and 51 ribbies at the one third point projects pretty fearsomely into October trout feeshing season but it would be real nice if Marcell Ozuna could find some consistency and finally take his rightful place behind the Giant so the power-starved McGehee could concentrate on getting on base instead of pretending to bat cleanup.

    In other speculations, Christian Yelich has quietly deflated over the past few weeks, batting .192 in the two hole since the end of April. The kid is pressing. I had a tire like that. Tom Koehler, who took the one-run loss last night, peetched pretty well despite, what with the team fizzling behind him after the Iron Giant’s left-center gravity’s rainbow set Tommy tittering and tooting again.

    Incidentally, I sometimes wonder if Tommy goes orf half-cocked like that when the Giant kongs on the road, after first making sure that the security guard, who come to think of it does look a little like Ben Stiller, has retreated to the men’s room with his current issue of Penthouse and there’s no one else around to see him. It’s late in life and I’m a little past what I would have done in my youth, which is smoke a little weed (for my glaucoma, of course) and drop some mescaline and hope Tommy activated for me. This was a strategy that worked pretty well with Glenn McKay’s headlights and Owsley’s wall of sound back in the day. Since I would have been reading a lot of Joseph Campbell back then I suppose I would have hallucinated Tommy as Ahura Mazda revving his wankel, all the cycling billfish and flamingos his emanated amesha spentas and the flumes, toots and whistles the music of the spheres one occasionally hears in the presence of a tutelary deity. Who knew Scrooge McLoria was so mystical?

    Speaking of which, there was an interessin’ vignette the other night that got tongues wagging like puppy tails on spawrts tork raydeeo hereabouts: the Iron Giant was seen attending a Heat game with none other than Scrooge himself (one assumes they went Dutch). So, of course, everyone starts speculatin’ that they wuz there to chat amiably about The Extension. Not so, says the Iron Giant – they were just enjoying an evening at the basketball game. I mean, if you wanted to spend a pleasant night at a playorf game and had your pick of the hottest foxes in the burg, who else would you take with you but a fat, puckered little bloodsucking cheapskate, right?

  5. goawaydog - May 31, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    The Giants scored 7 more runs with two outs making that 117 of 243 runs scored this season. They chased wainwright and his buck and change ERA after 4 innings and he referred to the giants lineup as a murders row after the game. They now have a 7.5 game lead in the division which will hopefully give some padding when the inevitable season slump strikes and assuming it’s not one of those historic slumps.

    • 9foldmuse - May 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      The two out [and often two strike!] hits are so far the defining characteristic of the club: not only is it clutch, it’s also dispiriting to the opponent. Two redbirds with one stone, eh? With minimal injuries, the Gintz will be tough to beat, especially in 5 or 7 game series. But it’s only the eve of June so stay tuned…

  6. moogro - May 31, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Thin crowd this morning. Must be one of those american hangover holiday 3 day weekend thingies.

    Anyway, I like Liriano. He had the pitch that dives away from righties getting expanded zone calls on the outside, and between that and not quiet, undisciplined approaches by the Doyers and it was all over. Frankie still wastes a ton of pitches rushed and thrown straight into the ground or three feet outside, giving me flashbacks of his Twins days. His fastball and slider were not sharp, but every third pitch the location was great.
    Anyway, I don’t like Beckett. He’s lazy and lunchy, and not maximizing his talent will forever bother me. I have to admit it’s probably because he looks a lot like a guy who used to copy his home work off of me in middle school. He went on to become a low-level PGA pro, but definitely a millionaire. He was always so lazy in everything he did, it made all interactions with him painful. Beckett continues the pitching version of Men Who Stare At Goats, which makes for painful television, until you realize that these mind games are all he has in order to get through a game. Then the excitement grows considerably.

  7. APBA Guy - May 31, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    A’s take it to the rival Angels, helped along by Richard’s inability to find the strike zone, and having to groove a 2-0 pitch to Moss resulting in the slam. After that the Angels played to a 5-5 draw, but those 4 runs made the difference. An excellent crowd on a chilly evening at the Mausoleum last night, a very loud and happy bunch.

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